By Teresa Colby, Tutor and Instructor, CIP Bloomington
Being a trailblazer isn’t easy. There are no established routines. Everything is new and taken one-step at a time. Sometimes steps falter, are retraced and taken into another direction. In the end, when the goal is achieved, the pride and satisfaction is ten-fold because you not only won for yourself, you won for others who will follow in your footsteps.
Hannah K. is a trailblazer. At the Bloomington Center, she is the first student with the College Internship Program to successfully complete a competency-based professional certification known as the Child Development Associate (CDA) that is awarded through the Council for Professional Development and recognized by the National Association for Education of Young Children as a teaching certification for children ages 3-6 years of age.
For the past three years, Hannah has passed a rigorous academic course of study at Ivy Tech Community College as well as 480 hours of classroom teaching experience.
Her support team at College Internship Program, which included academic, vocational, social thinking, and advising personnel worked, encouraged, and supported her through a process that according to the Council for Professional Development, only 50% of applicants successfully complete.
Hannah has achieved professional recognition for being a competent, high-qualified teacher as demonstrated by her actual teaching experience and professional portfolio.
At Ivy Tech Community College (Bloomington Region), she is also the first student with a “disability” to successfully complete the certification process.
Her perseverance, dedication, and hard work has helped to educate the faculty and instructors as Ivy Tech Community College about Asperger’s and Nonverbal Learning Disorders. As a result of her trailblazing other students with disabilities have been encouraged to pursue her path of study and achieve a professional career path that is both full-filling and self-reliant.
It has been a great honor and privilege to work with Hannah; both as her tutor at CIP and her faculty instructor and CDA Advisor at Ivy Tech.
She is an inspiration to students who may feel daunted at entering a competitive professional field, professors and instructors who feel hesitant or even intimidated when teaching students with special needs, and other CIP students who face challenges other students take for granted. She will always stand out as a bright spot in my career and a symbol for